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Pearl Toh, Yesterday

One-third of dementia cases globally can be prevented by addressing nine lifestyle factors at different stages of life, beginning from better education during childhood, according to a report from The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care.

2 days ago
New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 1 - 15 August 2017 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
2 days ago
In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a 6-week programme of online-supported pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) produces positive effects on 6-minute walk test distance and symptom scores that are similar to those achieved with a conventional PR model delivered in face-to-face sessions, a study has shown.
Stephen Padilla, 3 days ago
There is, on average, an improvement in dyspnoea, walking distance and quality of life (QoL) during the year after a first episode of pulmonary embolism, particularly during the first 3 months, according to a recent study. However, there are also several clinical and physiological predictors of attenuated improvement over time, such as female sex, higher body mass index (BMI) and exercise limitation on 1-month cardiopulmonary exercise test.
5 days ago
Medications for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis come with adverse side effects including gastrointestinal disturbance, psychiatric disorders and epileptic seizures, a new study has found.
09 Aug 2017
Patients with tuberculosis (TB) are at greater risk of developing peripheral arterial disease than those who do not have the infection, a population-based cohort study from Taiwan suggests.
Pearl Toh, 08 Aug 2017
Smokers who underwent CT scan for lung cancer screening were more likely to quit smoking than those on usual care without screening, according to the UKLS* pilot trial.
Special Reports
07 Aug 2017
Persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of influenza-associated hospitalization.
04 Aug 2017
Tiotropium/olodaterol (Spiolto® Respimat®, Boehringer Inghelheim) is the latest dual bronchodilator therapy available in Malaysia for COPD. 
04 Aug 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of global mortality, with experts predicting a potential future rise in the prevalence rates of COPD. 
25 Jul 2017
Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common global health problem that poses a significant impact on the quality of life and productivity of affected patients. At the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Summit 2017 held recently at  Hilton Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Associate Professor Marysia P Tiongco-Recto was invited by A. Menarini to deliver a lecture on the potential of modern second-generation antihistamines, particularly bilastine (Bilaxten®) in the management of AR.
Dr. Alexander Drilon, 19 Jul 2017
With the dramatic evolution of sequencing technology and emergence of effective targeted therapies, using a comprehensive molecular approach to guide treatment decisions is becoming more accessible and applicable in the clinic. At the recent Foundation Medicine meeting in Hong Kong, Dr Alexander Drilon, clinical director of the Early Drug Development Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, US, discussed the current landscape and potential benefits of comprehensive molecular profiling in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
13 Jun 2017
The common cold is one of the most widespread illness and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. While many may see it as merely a harmless inconvenience, the significant repercussions it brings, especially among children cannot be denied. MIMS JPOG recently spoke to Associate Professor Datin Dr Asmiati Abd Hamid to gain her perspectives on the role of zinc and vitamin C in treating paediatric common cold to reduce morbidity and economic losses attributed to the condition.
Prof. Ignatius Ou Sai Hong, Dr. James Suh, Dr. Wong Seng Weng, Dr. Amit Verma, 14 May 2017
As targeted cancer therapy options are increasing, it is becoming more important to choose the most appropriate treatment for patients with cancer. At a Roche-sponsored symposium held during the 2nd ESMO Asia Congress in Singapore, four experts discussed the potential of comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) for personalizing cancer care and helping healthcare professionals to make the best treatment decisions for individual patients.
Conference Reports
07 Aug 2017
Once-daily dosing with Relvar® delivered via an easy-to-use Ellipta® device provides better symptom control and reduces disease exacerbations in asthma.
07 Aug 2017
Persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of influenza-associated hospitalization.
04 Aug 2017
Tiotropium/olodaterol (Spiolto® Respimat®, Boehringer Inghelheim) is the latest dual bronchodilator therapy available in Malaysia for COPD. 
04 Aug 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of global mortality, with experts predicting a potential future rise in the prevalence rates of COPD. 
Pank Jit Sin, 04 Aug 2017

All hospitals should have their own antibiogram for multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) as it will be useful in determining treatment options for patients with ventilator-associated or hospital-acquired pneumonia (VAP and HAP), says a local expert. 

Pank Jit Sin, 04 Aug 2017

A documented household exposure should trigger prompt contact tracing to allow timely diagnosis and to prevent the development of tuberculosis (TB) disease, according to a specialist.

Pank Jit Sin, 04 Aug 2017
The internet can be a powerful tool in improving awareness on asthma among Malaysians, reveals a respirologist.    
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